I met Chocheng Char back in September at New York Fashion Week. We sat down over tea in the setting of a lovely loft space where he was presenting his Spring/Summer collection. Freshly impelled by the close-up viewing of his attention to detail and impeccable tailoring, I had know more about his line and background.
For starters, he was born in Hong Kong but is of Mongolian descent. Chocheng has a store in Beijing but his flagship is right here on Madison Avenue, which he is very proud of. If you are lucky to stop by, be aware that the whole space was built from scratch by him-- even the furniture design.
We both had something in common: inspiration from our grandmothers. Betty Char-Nuis Clemos was a renowned fashion designer who started her career as a successful tailor in Shanghai (hence those incomparable skills of his own) and also the first Asian retailer to import licensed Paris Haute Couture to Hong Kong.
With ownership of coveted sources from within fashion houses such as Chanel, her success was clear, and life's work valuable. Thankfully for her legacy, her grandson had innate skills that were clearly inherited from her.
I'm wearing Chocheng's knit top & skirt set, which is designed to give the illusion of pleats, much like the pink skirt in the above photo. The skirt is pleated but the top is not. Incredibly comfortable and high quality, which are two things you look for in a collection in addition to aesthetics. You can tell Chocheng truly knows the female body.
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Streetstyle Photos by Dennis Christians